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Mar 27, 2017
Yankees Making the Team Meter: Pitchers - Week Four

Yankees Making the Team Meter: Pitchers - Week Four

Examining where players without guaranteed spots on the Yankees' Opening Day roster stand in their quest to make the team after four weeks of spring training. In the final week of spring training, the Yankees have a few roster spots left to fill. The team brought 65 players with them to camp this year. Now that we’re just seven days away from Opening Day, most roster decisions have been made by now. All that is left to determine is who will make the starting rotation and the bullpen. We may not know for certain who is going to make the team right at this moment, but we can certainly make...
Mar 27, 2017
What should the Yankees’ batting order look like this season?

What should the Yankees’ batting order look like this season?

Head over to the FanPost section and submit your answer for the chance to see your post featured on the front page. It is time for the latest FanPost Friday prompt of the week. We only received one response to last week’s prompt about the most overrated player in the AL East, but I enjoyed the debate between Jose Bautista and Dustin Pedroia that ensued in the comment section. Here is this week’s prompt: What should the Yankees’ batting order look like this season? Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury typically sit at the top of the lineup, but there has been a lot of debate about...
Mar 27, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/27/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/27/17

Niese released; Rotation competition still open; Yanks could be underdogs; Diamondbacks return Rule 5 draftee Jones MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees had the 2017 World Series all but locked up, but the road to championship just got harder. The team has released Jonathon Niese, who signed a minor league deal and was trying to secure an Opening Day bullpen spot but wasn’t able to do so. It’s still possible he could be re-signed, but as of now the team just felt his arm strength wasn’t where they would like it to be. New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The two spots after that are what...
Mar 26, 2017
Help us design the next Pinstripe Alley custom shirt

Help us design the next Pinstripe Alley custom shirt

Poll: Who should be featured on our next PSA custom shirt? At long last, the Yankees will be back to playing meaningful baseball in exactly a week. (Is it just me or this felt like the longest offseason ever?) In honor of the 2017 season, we figured that it is time for Pinstripe Alley to come up with a new t-shirt design. It has been awhile since we have made a new shirt available, but all of our shirts can be found over at Gameday Depot. That includes the A-Rod shirt featured above, along with the Aaron Judge shirt pictured below, and both of our Greg Bird shirts. Judge shirt: ...
Mar 26, 2017
The most memorable Yankees adversaries

The most memorable Yankees adversaries

Yankees Universe doesn’t think too highly of these memorable opponents Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was part of the Puerto Rico team that fell to the United States in the World Baseball Classic last week. He also took exception to comments made by US center fielder Adam Jones, who said the US team found an added source of motivation in reports that Puerto Rico had begun planning a parade before the championship game was even played. Molina asserted that Jones had no idea what he was talking about and demanded an apology. Now does this mean Molina and Jones have laid the groundwork for...
Mar 26, 2017
Baseball is slowly killing free agency

Baseball is slowly killing free agency

Baseball has been making a shift over the past several months—locking up their young stars for years to come. This could have significant effects on free agency, and the talent available in it. The last week leading up to spring training isn’t supposed to be an active time for transactions. Nearly all free agents are signed, the trade market has quieted, and teams are focused on choosing the best 25 players in their organization. Most springs, the only news coming out of camp is about health and/or final roster spots…but this year has been different. More than ever before, the past...
Mar 26, 2017
The AL East is strong again, but how long will it last?

The AL East is strong again, but how long will it last?

The Yankees have to contend with a deep division, but is this era of AL East excellence about to end? Last season, the Yankees suffered the misfortune of playing in a highly competitive division. Three playoff teams came out of the AL East, and the Yankees finished in fourth despite an above-.500 record. Even the fifth-place Rays posted decent underlying numbers that were belied by their poor record. It all added up to the AL East being the best division in baseball, which meant that in spite of an 84-78 record that outstripped their Pythagorean record, the Yankees weren't very lucky at...
Mar 26, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/26/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/26/17

A Q&A with Greg Bird; Tyler Wade makes his case for SS while Didi is injured; Pineda doesn’t fill people with confidence in latest outing; Yankees will go into the season with a new three-headed bullpen monster; Yankee players loved playing in the WBC Before we begin, there is something that you need to watch. Please discuss your favorite moments from this ad. Thank you. Around the Empire New York Post | Steve Serby: Hi. Welcome to Pinstripe Alley. We are big fans of the Greg Bird here. Greg Bird does Greg Bird things that are awesome. Did you know he hit another dinger in yesterday’s...
Mar 25, 2017
The time the Yankees scored five runs on just two hits

The time the Yankees scored five runs on just two hits

The Yankees beat the St. Louis Browns on June 8, 1952 thanks to some poor fielding. Sometimes you can win a game despite not picking up very many hits. Last season the Yankees won a game against the Rays 2-1 only getting one hit all game. In that case, they got a pretty good outing from Nathan Eovaldi, and then three solid innings for the bullpen. On June 8, 1952, the Yankees won despite getting only two hits. However, that one was very much gifted to them. Jim McDonald got the start for the Yankees as they hosted the St. Louis Browns on June 8, 1952. He walked the first three batters he...
Mar 25, 2017
Spring training 2017: Yankees vs. Blue Jays game thread

Spring training 2017: Yankees vs. Blue Jays game thread

There are just six spring training games left! Spring training is finally winding down! The Yankees only have six games left to play, including today’s game. Adam Warren will make the start today and will face off against Mat Latos. It is a split-squad game for the Blue Jays. The game starts at 1:05 EST and you can watch it on YES or MLB.tv. 3/25 #NYYSpring lineup vs TOR: Gardner LFEllsbury CFHolliday DHBird 1BCastro 2BHeadley 3BHicks RFRomine CWade SSWarren P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 25, 2017 The reserves include Wilkin Castillo (C), Mike Ford (1B), Ruben Tejada (2B),...
Mar 25, 2017
One simple idea to quantify fastball command

One simple idea to quantify fastball command

Can a pitcher’s ability to get hitters to chase fastballs out of the zone be used to measure fastball command? Fastball command is a good thing for a pitcher to have. In 2016, pitchers across the league threw their four-seam fastballs 36.4% of the time, according to Pitch F/X. They also threw their four-seamers, two-seamers or sinkers 56.6% of the time. Naturally, if a pitcher plans on throwing a certain category of pitches over half of the time, it is important that his ability to locate is up to par. The problem is that quantifying command is extremely difficult. Nonetheless, Jeff Long,...
Mar 25, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/25/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/25/17

CC Sabatha and Michael Pineda are your #2 and #3 starters; Reggie sees greatness in Gleyber’s future; Clint Frazier and Luis Cessa sent to minor-league camp; Tyler Wade should get the chance at SS; A-Rod admits to being a huge jerk during suspension ordeal Around the Empire MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: I’m going to need you to sit down before clicking this link. Are you seated? Good. This might come as a shock to the system, but the Yankees have determined that CC Sabathia will pitch the second game of the season after Tanaka. Okay, breathe. Breathe. Good. It has also been determined that...
Mar 24, 2017
Pinstripe Alley Top 100 Yankees: #52 Ben Chapman

Pinstripe Alley Top 100 Yankees: #52 Ben Chapman

Chapman was a constant presence on the bases for the Yankees in the '30s, but he definitely carries an uncomfortable legacy. Name: William Benjamin ChapmanPosition: OutfielderBorn: December 25, 1908 (Nashville, TN)Died: July 7, 1993 (Hoover, AL)Yankee Years: 1930-36Primary number: 7Yankee statistics: 910 G, .305/.379/.451, 209 2B, 64 3B, 60 HR, 184 SB, 119 wRC+, 25.3 rWAR, 25.4 fWAR Biography I'm not going to lie. This is the "Top 100 Yankees" post I least wanted to write. Ben Chapman was a reprehensible person with racism and antisemitism dogging his career. He also put together a strong...
Mar 24, 2017
Spring training 2017: Yankees vs Phillies game thread

Spring training 2017: Yankees vs Phillies game thread

Following yesterday’s tie with the Rays, the Yankees head back into Tampa to take on the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. As of today, the Yankees have exactly one more week of spring training, if you want to count the exhibition game against the Braves at SunTrust Park on the 31st. This means that time is running out for those competing for a job to make their case and one-up their peers. While the Yankees sent out Jordan Montgomery on Thursday, the team changes gears to give CC Sabathia some time on the mound. The veteran lefty has had a tough spring with a 9.45 ERA in just 6.2 innings....
Mar 24, 2017
Aaron Judge and the unnecessary right field competition

Aaron Judge and the unnecessary right field competition

Joe Girardi insists that the starting right fielder competition is too close to call. Should it even be a contest? The Yankees love spring training competitions. There seems to be one every year. Sometimes they’re legitimate, such as the utility infielder job in 2014. Sometimes they’re not, like the fifth starter competition last season. This year the club is running a number of contests that range across the spectrum. There are real competitions, such as the fourth and fifth starter jobs, and ones with predictable outcomes, like naming Greg Bird the Opening Day first baseman. There’s...